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What kind of noun is voice?

        I am reading a book on English grammar, and have recently read about the kinds of nouns, such as common, proper, abstract, etc. An exercise to identify the kinds of nouns is also given, in which the following statement appears -

"I recognised your voice at once."

The question is whether "voice" is an abstract noun or not. A voice can be heard, but at the same time it is not an object, so it becomes difficult to judge whether it is an abstract noun or not. 

Mayur Gupta 


  • @mgupta664, voice is a COUNTABLE NOUN.

    The only important grammatical differences between nouns are:



    The term abstract noun is not useful in grammatical description. Worse than that, it creates unnecessary confusion.

    If you are interested in semantics, you might want to ask

    'Is "voice" an abstraction?

    Whatever the answer, it makes no difference to the rules of English grammar.

  • Although abstract noun is useless as a grammatical term, people often use the phrase with a non-grammatical meaning.

    Typically, people use abstract noun to mean a quality shared by a number of specific examples.

    For example goodness is a quality shared by good people and good things.

    Governments have policies to stop terrorists and terrorist actions. This is often called a war on terror. Some critics say 'You can't wage war on an abstract noun'.

    The word goodness is an example of something that you do see in grammar books. Many nouns are formed from adjectives to express an abstract idea. So suffixes like -ness, -ity, -ism, -tion, -ment are said to 'form abstract nouns from adjectives or nouns'.

    Most of the 'abstract nouns' that people speak of are UNCOUNTABLE NOUNS.

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